AndC – BAMBOLEE – Kora rhythms

My very special special feeling on Bani kora song… I’ve created some rhythms of mine combining more songs together, as Bani + Kelefa Ba, or Bani + Djan Djon…
I’ve called this song “Bambolee”, from Bani Lee plus my little touch of innovation.
This is the first version.
Thanks!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

AndC – So beautiful so lost – Kora

This peace is like a Raga (indian music raga) for the kora.

I’ve tuned my kora in a special way.

Thinking that world is lost, there is always a little light that shines…!

Inspirated to the painting of Maria Grazia Bornigia “Così bella, così perduta” So beautiful, so lost”!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

AndC kora – Suddenly it’s already winter

A special way of feeling Kelefa Ba kora songs, inspirated by the painting of Maria Grazia Bornigia “Improvvisamente è già inverno” (Suddenly it’s already winter)…

Thanks!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

AndC – Thinking off the kora

My little interpretation of a piece of my kora master Madya Diebate, to show you some potential and sounds of this fantastic 21-string West African harp…

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

Kora Lessons – Basic N. 20 – Bani – Approach to rhythm’s improvisation – Part 3


– Let’s go on with our free kora lessons!
– In this lesson we start to see a first approach to kora rhythm’s improvisation.
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– HD video quality.
– First person-view of the kora.
– Numerical, visual and musical indication of the strings to play.
– Traditional teaching method joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.
– Italian language with English texts (subtitles).
– Part 3.

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

Kora Lessons – Basic N. 19 – Bani – Approach to rhythm’s improvisation – Part 2


– Let’s go on with our free kora lessons!
– In this lesson we start to see a first approach to kora rhythm’s improvisation.
/
– HD video quality.
– First person-view of the kora.
– Numerical, visual and musical indication of the strings to play.
– Traditional teaching method joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.
– Italian language with English texts (subtitles).
– Part 2.

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

Kora Lessons – Basic N. 18 – Bani – First approach to rhythm’s improvisation – Part 1

– Let’s go on with our free kora lessons!
– In this lesson we start to see a first approach to kora rhythm’s improvisation.
– This first part, it’s a spoken part about the three masters in kora learning.
/
– HD video quality.
– First person-view of the kora.
– Numerical, visual and musical indication of the strings to play.
– Traditional teaching method joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.
– Italian language with English texts (subtitles).
– Part 1.

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

Matching european harp’s strings on the kora

– KORA MATCHING EUROPEAN HARP’S STRINGS

This scheme shows you how to match the european harp’s string to the kora.
A good comparison is the following: a concert harp usually has seven octaves, the Kora four of extension.

The following diagram can be taken as a point of reference as to equate the right octaves of harp strings on the kora, especially if our kora is tuned in scale of Silaba key of F.

Every octave of the harp is calculated from the most acute E to the lower F.

So, the first octave on the harp will be the most acute.

Practically the opposite of how we used to number the strings of octaves of our Kora.

Let’s see how to set up the harp strings on the kora:
– F, C, D, E of harp’s 4 octave will be our first four bass on the left side of the kora.

– F-G-A-B-C-D-E of the third octave of the harp will be our second octave in the kora.

– F-G-A-B-C-D-E of the second octave of the harp will be the third octave on the kora.

– F-G-A of the first octave of the harp will be the higher notes of the fourth octave of the kora.

– In our kora tuning in Silaba key of F, we need that the two B are flats. As there is not a harp string directly in Bb, simply we will lower of half tone the natural B while tuning of the kora.
Warning: this correspondence is very functional in theory, but in practice it is not guaranteed to work. So use it at your own risk!

You can even see our kora questions video for more detailed informations.

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